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Fox Doc: Quit Calling Me A ‘Narcissist’ For My ‘Psychiatric Analysis’ Of Obama!

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Fox News Contributor Keith Ablow | AP Photo/Ted Fitzgerald

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“As a psychiatrist, news commentator, and medical professional, my analysis is accurate. I stand by what I have said,” said Ablow, the biggest race hustler on Fox News. “Psychiatrists are uniquely situated to comment on political figures, and the interface of politics and psychology is improved by psychological analysis.”

The statement (posted below) was emailed Friday to TPM by public relations guru Ronn Torossian, who said it was in “response to biased national wire stories.” It seems that it was a profile published Thursday by the Associated Press that rankled Ablow.

The AP’s David Bauder opened the piece by noting the unusual nature of Ablow’s shtick. Bauder wrote that Ablow, the star of the Fox News Medical A-Team, has diagnosed President Obama “as a man with abandonment issues dating back to his upbringing, a person with a victim’s mentality who secretly identifies more with Africa than America.”

“There’s no evidence that Ablow has actually treated the president,” Bauder continued. “Yet the Fox News Channel analyst freely mixes psychiatric assessments with political criticism, a unique twist in the realm of cable news commentary that some medical colleagues find unethical.”

The article left Ablow pretty steamed and apparently mad enough to fire back with an angry missive. His statement was littered with self-serving references to his credentials, and denunciations of “Obama’s America.” In other words, it was vintage Ablow.

“The CIA, FBI and law enforcement authorities worldwide employ psychiatrists to profile world leaders,” Ablow said, defending what Bauder had characterized as his “armchair analyses” of President Obama.

Ablow said that media reports indicated that “the 2012 President Obama campaign” had actually hired “a team of behavioral scientists, including psychologists, to work on his campaign – for which they signed non-disclosure agreements.”

Ablow asserted that his commentary has been “entirely accurate.”

“President Obama provided the data for my commentary through his statements and actions,” he said.

More from Ablow’s statement:

As a medical professional it is readily apparent that a President who tours the world apologizing for America, who was part of a church in which the pastor preached “God damn America!” and who admonished American entrepreneurs that they did not build their own businesses is a President who has issues with the nation of which he is President. The use of selected and edited comments of mine to attempt to “shoot the messenger” is an unfair attempt to impair my credibility.

Ablow also took aim at a person he described as his “nemesis,” Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, the chairman of psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, who was quoted in the AP’s story.

“It is shameful and unfortunate that he is given a platform by Fox News or any other media organization,” Lieberman said. “Basically he is a narcissistic self-promoter of limited and dubious expertise.”

Ablow didn’t take kindly to that.

“Lieberman condemned me as a ‘narcissistic self-promoter,’ yet he has never interviewed me,” Ablow said. ” From where does this analysis come?”

“My commentary is accurate,” he said in closing, “and I will continue to speak truth to power.”

“As a psychiatrist, news commentator, and medical professional, my analysis isaccurate. I stand by what I have said. Psychiatrists are uniquely situated to comment on political figures, andthe interface of politics and psychology is improved by psychological analysis.The CIA, FBI and law enforcement authorities worldwide employ psychiatrists to profile world leaders. Bestselling books have been written by mental health professionals profiling world leaders. Media reports indicate that the 2012 President Obama campaign hired a team of behavioral scientists, including psychologists, to work on his campaign – for which they signed non-disclosure agreements.

While some may be offended by my commentary, it is, nevertheless entirely accurate.
President Obama provided the data for my commentary through his statements and actions.

As a medical professional it is readily apparent that a President who tours the world apologizing for America, who was part of a church in which the pastor preached “God damn America!” and who admonished American entrepreneurs that they did not build their own businesses is a President who has issues with the nation of which he is President. The use of selected and edited comments of mine to attempt to “shoot the messenger” is an unfair attempt to impair my credibility.

I am apparently joined by my nemesis Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman in rejecting the APA position that psychiatrists ought not comment on public figures. Lieberman condemned me as a “narcissistic self-promoter,” yet he has never interviewed me. From where does this analysis come?

My commentary is accurate, and I will continue to speak truth to power.”

Fox News Admits GOP Is Trying To Increase Obamacare Premiums, Then Tries To Cover It Up

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Fox News admitted on Tuesday that a conservative-led lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act would raise health care premiums for millions of Americans. But then in its on-screen chyron, the network sought to attribute the increases not to the litigants involved in the case, but to President Obama, potentially confusing viewers.

“Could legal challenges to taxpayer subsidies put Obamacare in a death spiral?” Fox host Bill Hemmer asked, pointing to “a new study funded by the Department of Health and Human Services saying the health care law may be damaged beyond repair if you take the subsidies away, if they’re eliminated.”

Ongoing lawsuits are challenging the legality of providing subsidies through health insurance marketplaces in states that refused to set up their own exchanges. If those legal challenges succeed, the analysis that Hemmer is referencing — which comes from the RAND Corporation — did in fact conclude that premiums in those states could increase by as much as 43.3 percent. RAND’s researchers found that if federal subsidies to federally-run exchanges are ruled to be illegal, millions of people would have to pay more for coverage and could leave the risk pool, leading to a death spiral in which only the sickest people remain insured. Enrollment would fall by 68 percent and 11.3 million Americans could become uninsured.

Hemmer and Fox contributor Byron York huffed and puffed about the dangers of such a ruling, calling it “colossal” — despite the fact that the suits have been filed by conservatives, are supported by Republican lawmakers, and have been reported on favorably by the network in the past. The National Review has called the lawsuits and “ingenious” way to halt Obamacare. Fox, celebrated the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling against the administration on July 22 by pronouncing, “one by one they’re getting chipped away so it’s starting to collapse.”

And although the price increases are a direct result of a negative ruling, Fox News ran the story under the chyron “sticker shock again for some Obamacare enrollees as premiums set to rise,” implying that the law’s backers would be responsible.

So far, an appellate court in Virginia has ruled that the subsidies were legal, but a three-judge panel on the D.C. circuit disagreed. The full D.C. court is expected to reverse that decision, however, eliminating the circuit split and reducing the possibility that the Supreme Court will take up the matter. Another ruling against the law is still working its way through the legal system.

The administration contends that even though the law does not explicitly state that federally-run exchanges are to offer subsidies for coverage, the intent of its framers — as well as its other provisions about achieving “near-universal coverage” and financial security from medical bankruptcy — strongly imply that such credits must be made available.

Shep Smith Offers The Anti-Fox Take On Ebola: Take A Deep Breath, Everything’s Fine (VIDEO)

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Occasionally,  Shepard Smith emerges from the Fox News bubble and tells his audience the truth.  Yesterday was one such day…

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It’s hard to say if he was addressing his viewers or his colleagues.

After all, Smith’s network has been a reliable source of hysteria and misinformation on the outbreak. Only a couple hours before Smith tried to provide a voice of reason, Fox anchor Jon Scott almost seemed disappointed when an infectious disease expert didn’t go along with the Ebola scaremongering.

Before Scott’s breathless interview, the gang on “Outnumbered” pilloried U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden for supposedly withholding important information about the outbreak.

“How could he not?” asked an indignant Stacey Dash, the former “Clueless” star who’s now a Fox regular.

Similarly, Judge Jeannine Piro contended last week that the government wasn’t playing it straight on the crisis.

“Tell us the truth for once,” Piro thundered on her weekend program.

So it was hard not to interpret Smith’s “fact-dissemination exercise” as both an effort to talk his colleagues off the ledge and to swat down their baseless accusations.

“Suggestions have been made publicly that leaders and medical professionals may be lying to us,” Smith said. “Those suggestions are completely without basis in fact. There is no evidence of any kind of which we at Fox News are aware that leaders have lied about anything regarding Ebola.”

Watch Smith’s statement here:

 

Fox Host, Ted Olson Gang Up On Tony Perkins In Gay Marriage Debate (VIDEO)

Perkins continued to harp on the “natural established boundaries for marriage.”

“What are you suggesting? That there’s going to by polygamy, that people are going to be marrying their aunt, their pets?” Wallace asked.

“I didn’t say that,” Perkins responded, again bringing up “boundaries.”

“Alright, you and your wife live happily in this house.There’s a same-sex couple living here. What’s the damage to you?” Wallace then asked.

Perkins replied by bringing up wedding vendors put out of business by refusing to serve gay couples.

“It’s a different issue,” Wallace retorted.

 

Watch the debate via Raw Story:

Fox Hosts Say Frat Rapes Are The Fault Of Drunk Women

The hosts of the Fox show "Outnumbered" demonstrate rape culture at work by blaming drunk women for the frat house rape problem. Image Credit: The Raw Story

The hosts of the Fox show “Outnumbered” demonstrate rape culture at work by blaming drunk women for the frat house rape problem | Image Credit: The Raw Story

This latest incident demonstrates just how inadequate Fox News “reporters” are when they attempt to voice an “opinion” based on the company’s long-standing policy of inanity…

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If you had any doubt that we live in a rape culture, the hosts of the Fox show Outnumbered have cleared that up for you. The two hosts, Andrew Tantaros and Kirsten Powers agreed with a wildly offensive column written by now former Forbes columnist Bill Frezza entitled Drunk Female Guests are the Gravest Threat to Fraternities. The column, which came complete with a photo of a drunken, nearly unconscious woman lying on the floor drinking wine, has now been removed and has caused Forbes to terminate its relationship with Frezza. In the column, Frezza said:

[W]e have very little control over women who walk in the door carrying enough pre-gaming booze in their bellies to render them unconscious before the night is through. Based on new standards being promulgated on campus, all consent is null and void the minute a woman becomes intoxicated — even if she is your fiancée. In our age of sexual equality, why drunk female students are almost never characterized as irresponsible jerks is a question I leave to the feminists.

Now, apparently Mr. Frezza is one of those men who has an issue with laws surrounding consent and the circumstances under which one can consent to sexual activity. This is no surprise, as many uninformed (or just plain piggish) men do. What is shocking is that two female hosts sat on national television and agreed with him, saying that drunk women should take “personal responsibility” to make sure they don’t get raped. That sounds like victim blaming to me. Tantaros even expressed concern for the fraternity system, saying that it is a “legitimate fear” that drunken victims of sexual assault could lead to the breakdown of America’s college frat system. So, in other words, she is more worried about frat boys than rape victims. Great priorities there, lady. Tantaros argued:

I don’t know why this writer is taking so much heat because this is actually a problem that goes on. These girls show up at these fraternity houses. The guys, what are they supposed to do? Lock them out? ‘Hey, how are you?’ They have a couple more beers, the girl passes out… so it is a legitimate fear.

What are they supposed to do? Um, how about not rape a clearly intoxicated woman? How hard can it be? If someone is clearly drunk, don’t attempt to have sex with her. It really is that simple.

Another co-host on the show, Kennedy Montgomery, took a more reasonable approach, saying that not letting drunk women into frat houses is “exactly” what should happen in these situations. Tantaros, however, continued to blame the women:

They walk up to guys’ rooms, they get lost in the fraternity house. Maybe they get drunk as the night goes on playing beer pong.

Well, while these things may happen, Ms. Tantaros, where in there is an invitation to be sexually assaulted? Nowhere, and to insinuate that there is…well, that is supporting rape culture.

Yet another co-host, Sandra Smith, also took a more reasonable approach, saying that the problem of these drunken frat house rapes could be  “the fault of the fraternities that have… no policies to handle this.” She went on to say:

Don’t let them in the door in the first place. Call somebody, get some help, don’t let them in the door.

Now, having been to a large university where this sort of thing happened quite often myself, I can say that not letting drunk people into a frat house on party night just isn’t going to happen. It is not a practical suggestion. However, at least Montgomery and Smith aren’t blaming the women for their own assaults here.

While Tantaros eventually relented and said that  “girls getting too drunk and men taking advantage of them” is a problem, she still went on to blame the women, saying:

However, where’s the personal responsibility for both sides?

While I can agree that getting drunk in a frat house with a bunch of drunken frat boys is not the smartest thing to do, we have to remember something. We’re not talking about experienced adult women here. We’re talking about girls away from home for the first time who likely have very little experience with this sort of thing. They are thinking about having fun and making friends at college. They are not thinking that they are going to go to a party and get raped, and nor should they have to. That’s the issue here. Nobody should have to worry about being raped on a college campus in a fraternity.

Kirsten Powers went on to agree with Tantaros:

It makes the drunk girl completely clean no matter what happens — and again, we have to say it because some cuckoo person is going to start blogging how we are supporting women getting raped, which we do not support. And she is not guilty or any of those things, but the point is that the drunk woman is — she’s just not held accountable for anything. The drunk guy, however, is supposed to make all these amazingly perfect decisions, and not make any mistakes.

Ah, but Ms. Powers, what you don’t  understand is that when you try to hold a rape victim accountable for her own assault, you are supporting rape as well as rape culture, and that is absolutely shameful coming from a woman. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the face of rape culture.

The Five Hits Bill Maher over Blaming Fox for Dividing U.S.

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Fox News’s The Five on Thursday shot back at HBO Real Time host Bill Maher after he accused Fox News of being the sole reason for increased division in American politics.

“I feel like the reason people are so polarized is Fox News,” Maher said Friday.

The Five co-host Greg Gutfeld said Maher was simply frustrated that conservative voices on Fox News now compete with the plethora of liberal voices in the mainstream media.  (My emphasis)

Eric Bolling, another co-host, said Maher should welcome media that opposes his views. “It’s some of the most interesting stuff when you listen to the other side,” Bolling said.

 

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Fox host spends 12 seconds not apologizing for ‘stairs’ quip about NFL domestic violence

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For at least 12 seconds on Tuesday, Fox News host Brian Kilmeade took domestic violence “seriously,” but refused to apologize for joking that NFL player Ray Rice’s wife should learn to “take the stairs” after she was punched in an elevator.

Following the Monday release of elevator surveillance video showing Rice punching out his then-girlfriend, Kilmeade and the hosts of Fox & Friends turned the incident into a joke.

“I think the message is take the stairs,” Kilmeade quipped.

“The message is, when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera,” co-host Steve Doocy opined.

After the hosts were criticized for making light of violence against women, Kilmeade decided to spend about 12 second addressing the controversy on Tuesday’s show.

“Comments we made during this story yesterday made some feel like we were taking the situation too lightly,” the Fox News host insisted, appearing to read off of a teleprompter. “We are not. We were not.”

“Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us I can assure you.”

Watch the video below from Fox News’ Fox & Friends, broadcast Sept. 9, 2014.

McCain Makes Revealing Slip on Fox: Obama Didn’t Want to ‘Arm ISIS’

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Along with this good friend Sen. Lindsey Graham(R-SC), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) penned a New York Times op-ed this weekend calling on President Barack Obama to “confront ISIS now” and criticizing him for saying “We don’t have a strategy yet.” But asked by Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren what the U.S. should do about ISIS Tuesday afternoon, his first response was two short words: “Kill ‘em.”

“They’ve got to be destroyed, and you’ve got to have a goal, the president does, and we have to have a strategy to fit that goal and policies that will implement it. We have none of the above,” McCain said on Fox. He called Obama’s recent comments about the “messy” world “one of most unbelievable comments ever made.”

McCain continued his push for war in both Iraq and Syria, saying the fight requires the “full weight of American air power” as well as “some more boots and support on the ground.” He added, “All this didn’t have to happen. We could have left a force behind in Iraq that would have stabilized Iraq. And we are paying an incredible price for the president’s leading from behind, whether it be in Iraq, in Syria, in Libya, or a number of countries in the Middle East. We are seeing the chickens coming home to roost.”

The senator proceeded to seriously misspeak when he described a 2013 meeting in the White House in which everyone on the administration’s national security team “recommended arming ISIS.” But, he explained, “the president, by himself, turned it down.”

What McCain likely meant to say was that Obama’s team, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, wanted to arm the “moderate” Syrian rebels in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad, but Obama did not want to. Van Susteren neglected to correct his mistake.

As Obama decided at the time, the lack of distinction between the “moderate” rebels and the Islamic extremists, including ISIS, who were fighting Assad made the idea of arming any opposition in Syria an extremely risky proposition.

Ironically, this is an issue that McCain confronted personally when he made his unannounced trip to Syria last May. The senator posed in photos with men who were later identified as being responsible for the kidnapping of 11 Lebanese Shi’ite Muslims. As Jon Stewart put it later that week, “Oh my God, John McCain is literally palling around with terrorists!”

Here is one of the photos in question:

On the day that the video ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley was released, the group VoteVets sent out a fundraising email claiming McCain had actually posed for photos with ISIS fighters in Syria. McCain has fought back hard against those claims, even pointing out that ISIS has labeled him a top enemy in order to prove his point:

While the claims that McCain “palled around” with ISIS fighters remain unfounded, his slip of the tongue on Fox News Tuesday afternoon demonstrates the complexities of the situation both two years ago and today in Syria and Iraq. On top of that, it bolsters Obama’s inclination to act prudently when it comes to the perilous situation in the region. The solution to this problem ultimately has to be more thought out than “kill ‘em.”

Watch video below, via Fox News:

Fox News is Tearing Us Apart: Race Baiting and Divisiveness Hits a Disgusting New Low

How Fox News Uses Hip-Hop to Create Race Panics | Courtesy of Color Lines

This article is spot on and should be shared wherever possible.  It’s a six page analysis of the problem with Fox News’ race-baiting and it’s effect on the country.  I’m only covering the first page and have linked to subsequent pages…

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Night after night, Fox News doubles down on hate. Whether George Zimmerman, Bundy or Ferguson, it just gets worse.

With this framework as background, it’s not hard to understand the evolution of even more pernicious extremist variants in the right-wing media, which Boehlert sketched out. It began with Andrew Breitbart and his website announcing that “basically racism had been eradicated, and that anyone who talked about the topic was therefore a racist,” especially “civil rights activists and civil libertarians … because by raising questions, or talking about it, or discussing it, they were trying to rip the country apart, because the country is already solved racism.”

Thus, the allegation is that simply  talking about race in America makes you a racist. It is, as Boehlert called it, “a very odd brand of projection” that’s “very weird and complicated,” but that’s where the roles of endless repetition and cognitive closure come in. They naturalize and normalize what would otherwise clearly be both arbitrary and bizarre. After years in development, the result can be quite stunning, as Boehlert went on to note:

That’s like Glenn [Beck] that went on Fox News and called the president of the United States a racist, because he dared to discuss it in the wake of the Henry Louis Gates arrest in Cambridge. So that’s why he was denounced as having ‘a hatred of white people. Why? Because he talked about race.”

Of course, the framework of colorblind racism also explains the persistence of racial stereotyping, albeit in a “cultural” framework.  But the right-wing media takes this aspect to extremes as well, which accounts for another, contradictory tendency: the persistence of “increasingly race-baiting rhetoric,” including all manner of things that Hannity, Limbaugh and Beck have been saying about Obama since his inauguration. “This is some of the most rancid, insulting kind of gutter rhetoric you could imagine,” Boehlert said.” But the cone that they’ve tried to protect themselves in is that the other people are the racists. It’s very weird. I guess said, it’s a lot of weird projecting going on.”

While the development of colorblind racism as Bonila-Silva describes it took place over decades, the nastier variants in the right-wing media developed much more rapidly, spurred on in part by Obama’s election. They have now burst forth in multiple forms, one of which is the automatic demonization of any black victim, and the matching valorization of whoever killed or injured that victim. Of course, the specific details of any given case are not always so accommodating to the pre-determined colorblind racist script. As a result, in the killings of both Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, we’ve strikingly similar false claims about both victims, as well as the men who killed them, and some of those claims have persisted quite powerfully, despite all evidence to the contrary.

While we’ve seen some of those attitudes most brazenly expressed on the Darren Wilson Gofundme site, we see more subtle echoes reflected in statements of support that are carefully crafted to conform to “all-American” norms, such as calls for due process — which Michael Brown, naturally, did not get, and which would not be threatened by treating Wilson like any other murder suspect.

This reflects a broader phenomenon, the persistent power of misinformation, which an inter-disciplinary collection of researchers has been studying for some years now. Most recently, I wrote about one study of misinformation in the context of three initiatives on Washington state’s 2006 ballot. The issues involved were much less charged than the murder of an unarmed black teenager, but all the better, it occurred to me. It may be easier to anecdotally recognize extremely charged distortions in a rapidly shifting framework of rationalizations (unless you’re a Fox News devotee), but as a matter of scientific methodology, it’s easier to study less-charged distortions in more stable issue areas.

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GOP Rep on ISIS: ‘A Bunch of Guys Wearing Pajamas Pushing Up Logs’

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From the comment section of this article:

This appears to be a guy who wants to treat ISIS rationally, rather than a cudgel to bash Obama with.

I wish more Republicans would act in such a way.

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On Fox News’s The Kelly File Tuesday, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter dismissed the Islamic terrorist group ISIS as a major threat to the U.S.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the recent on-video beheading of American journalist James Foley.

“ISIS in Iraq and Syria is not an existential threat to us,” Hunter said. “They’re not going to harm the United States. They’re bad guys, yes, if you’re there but a bunch of guys wearing pajamas pushing up logs, they’re not an existential threat to us like North Korea is, like Iran is, like Pakistan is. They are not like that.”

He said ISIS only becomes a threat if they can “get people back in the United States and do harm to us here and commit acts of terror.”

President Barack Obama has authorized military air strikes against ISIS in Iraq.

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